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In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 10:11 AM

 

Nobody's talking about his offense translating.  I don't think it will either.  Drew Miller doesn't produce points in the NHL either but that hardly means he's one dimensional.  Like Miller (or Prust, or Maltby) Callahan can skate, play special teams, and is defensively responsible.  So he's already miles ahead of the bozos you seem intent on comparing him to.  I'm also curious to know why you'd think he's similar at all.  He's not used in any way like those guys are.  The only thing similar is that they'll fight once in a while.  Other than that Mitch Callahan is nothing like those guys.  When a coach as good as Blashill is using you on the PP, PK, and giving you top six minutes, and leaving you on the ice at the end of games you're surely a better player than some fourth line agitator...regardless of how often you do or don't score. 

 

Actually he's used EXACTLY like those guys were used in the AHL.  An aggressive forward who can shift up and down your lineup and play in any situation....in the AHL.

 

Those "bozos" did all that at the AHL level as well AND put up better numbers than Callahan AND were used on the PP and PK.  

 

Which is why they're an ok comparable at that stage in their career.  


In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 09:35 AM

 

I think, I'm perhaps not being as clear as I'm intending to be.  I'm not talking about how effective he'll be in the NHL.  I don't know.  What I do know is that Callahan isn't considered a one trick pony.  He can skate, play special teams, and is pretty solid defensively.  All while chipping in a little offense.  Kinda like Prust does and Maltby used to do (at the NHL level).  Nobody in the NHL has ever relied on Tootoo, Torres, or Asham for anything other than being a hard hitting instigator. 

 

Will Callahan do that in the NHL?  I have no idea.  But up to this point he's been a lot more versatile in the AHL then you're suggesting.

 

What I'm saying is so were guys like Torres and Asham at the same stage of their careers.  Even more-so than Callahan.

 

I just don't see his success in producing points translating to the NHL.  Much like it didn't with them.


I like Mitch and he can be an effective 4th liner but I do feel people overrate him because they have a soft spot for him since he's one of our few "tough" prospects.


In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 09:10 AM

 

I was talking about style of play...not effectiveness.  Prust is a tough, agitating, bottom sixer who actually has hockey skills (defense, pk, and some offense).  Callahan's style of play is closer to that than an enforcer, or pure agitator (e.g. Tootoo, Torres, Asham). 

 

If you look back at the post I was responding to, someone called Callahan a "Maltby that can fight".  Which pretty much desribes Brandon Prust exactly.

 

We can agree to disagree then because I don't see that comparison at all.  

 

Torres and Asham both put up far better numbers in the AHL then Callahan.  I don't see Callahan as any more than a 4th liner.  Hell, he's probably going to clear waivers.


In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

29 September 2014 - 08:23 AM

 

Or like a Tootoo that can play hockey?

 

(So basically Brandon Prust)

 

That's being extremely generous of you.  Prust is and was a much tougher player.

 

He racked up close to triple the amount of penalty minutes on average in the AHL.


In Topic: Datsyuk 2nd degree separated shoulder injury - out approx 4 weeks

25 September 2014 - 05:07 PM

 

But I believe Babcock truly is anti-scrapping

 

He's against losing a good player to a fight and/or putting your team in a bad situation. ie shorthanded.